David Jacobs is currently an Associate Professor of Conducting and the Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon where he conducts the UO Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Camerata and leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting. He also serves as the Music Director for the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra and the President for the Western Region of the College Orchestra Director’s Association.
Dr. Jacobs began his career as an orchestral musician and has performed with many widely respected orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, and Sarasota Opera. During his seven years performing as an orchestral musician, Jacobs developed an appetite for conducting, and in 2007, with very little formal training, he was accepted into the conducting studio at the Eastman School of Music. There he worked with virtually every student ensemble and was the recipient of several student prizes, including the Frederick Fennell Fellowship and the Walter Hagen prize for excellence in conducting.
After earning his D.M.A., Jacobs led the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony to increased notoriety in the South Florida community by his ambitious programming, frequent radio interviews, and numerous outreach concerts. In 2012, he accepted a tenure track position at the University of Oregon and has since been invited to guest conduct other fine university orchestras throughout North America, including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, University of British Columbia, Baylor University, CSU- Long Beach, Northern Arizona University, and Duquesne University. He has also authored several articles on conducting and interpretation and has given lectures and master classes to worldwide audiences. His areas of expertise are conducting pedagogy, music semiology, Russian symphonic music, and musical hermeneutics.
In addition to his academic output, David has guest conducted professional orchestras on three continents, including the Palm Beach Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Pazardjik (Bulgaria) Symphony, St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfònica EAFIT in Colombia.
David is credited on three commercially available albums. He served as Assistant Conductor for “Manhattan Music,” a collaboration between the Canadian Brass and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, released by Opening Day; Conductor for “Let Others Name You,” an eclectic fusion of contemporary orchestral music with Balinese Gamelan performed by the Ossia Chamber Orchestra released by New World Records; and conductor/instrumental performer on “We Proclaim,” a collection of worship music released by Ekklesia.
David is married and has two children (ages 16 and 13). His family enjoys living on small acreage in the Mohawk Valley where they dabble in homesteading – raising chickens and organic gardening.